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S+C In The Making: Backgrounds and Collages

06/02/14

blog tips for bright white photos, collages, and inexpensive backgrounds | sugarandcloth.com Lately I’ve been getting quite a few questions about how I create photo collages and bright white images, so while I’m in Tulum I thought I’d share a few of my behind the scenes, go-to tips and items for creating blog posts and DIY’s.

If you regularly read the blog, you’ll know that white backgrounds are pretty much my go to, which also means that I need something that can survive everything from icing, craft paint, glue, and just about anything else you can think of. Instead of using white paper or foam boards that tend to bend or need thrown away pretty quickly, I always go to the Ikea As-is section and buy mismatched kitchen cabinet doors or bookshelves that I can just wipe clean when I’m finished and then stow away in a closet. But just in case you don’t have an Ikea on hand, there’s always my secret online photo resizer for saving time, too… Read More

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Eats // Edible Gold Macarons

02/25/14

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Depending on how you look at it, I could technically call these “no-bake edible gold leaf macarons” on account of the fact that I bought them instead of actually making them . I’ve only ever tried to make macarons from scratch once in my lifetime and out two dozen, only one and  a half of them looked cute enough for pictures. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that a macaron that isn’t picture worthy is quite the tragedy.

Luckily, a local bakery and Sur La Table can change that around pretty quickly by combing edible gold leaf and the prettiest cookie on earth into one little handful of happiness with these edible gold macarons.

Ingredients (if you can call them that in this instance):

  • Macarons
  • Edible gold leaf (from Sur La Table, or Amazon, two 4×4 inch sheets decorates 12 cookies)
  • An unused food (or paint) brush
  • Sharp, small knife

how to make edible gold leaf macarons

Edible gold leaf is SUPER fragile. I mean, if you breathe too hard it will fly away, so you’ll definitely need a delicate touch for this.

All you have to do though is slice a bit of gold from a sheet and use the brush to place it randomly onto the macaron and tap it down gently to make it stay. To really smooth out the edges, you can just use clean, dry hands by tapping it down quickly. Don’t touch the gold directly from the sheet (or any other surface) because it will stick to just about anything.

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Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can finish the rest of the macarons. I liked the worn look that placing the gold randomly gave, but you could also try stenciling!

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Eats // How to serve hot chocolate sticks & win a Treatsie subscription!

02/07/14

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When Kerri from Treatsie asked if I wanted to try out their boxes I obviously replied back with “Yes, is twelve too many?”… okay not really, but obviously I was excited considering sugar is half of the title around here. Of course I had to add my touch of DIY, so I decided I’d show you how I’d serve hot chocolate sticks since my box was filled with Pop Bar hot chocolate sticks, salted caramel chocolates, gourmet caramels, and peanut brittle.

Don’t worry, you can still make your own version of this because they’re giving away a three month subscription to one Sugar & Cloth reader just in time for Valentine’s! That’s right, a free gift for your Valentine that you happen to get to enjoy too, I call that a steal my friends.

Here’s how to keep your guests wanting to take pictures of every last second of your hot chocolate date…

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In The Making // Sugar & Cloth Photo Shoots

09/03/13

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get are about how I take photos, how I get photos bright white, and what kind of camera do I use. So, I decided I’d start a new series on Sugar & Cloth in the making so everyone can be in the loop! This isn’t to say that I’m a master of photoshoots or anything, but the little bit that I know, I will gladly share with you.

First thing first, I use a Canon Rebel t4i for all of my photos. If I wasn’t on a budget and blogging was my full-time job, I would definitely buy a Canon 6D, but that day isn’t today (if you happen to feel generous and want my address for donations, let me know). As for lenses, I don’t use anything fancy, just a simple Canon 50mm f1.8 lens (which is what gives that blurred background look).

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To create white backgrounds, I’m always on the look-out for out of the ordinary, inexpensive materials that will last. For instance, you could use foam board from the Dollar Store, or you can go to places like the Ikea as-is section and buy cabinet panels or old tabletops for $2-$10 and are plenty large enough to repurpose for any photo shoot. This way you can also wipe them down and reuse them forever, which is perfect for sticky ice cream sandwich posts!

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As for styling photos, I have an insane amount of knick-knacks on hand at any given moment. Any time I go places and find cute dishes or odds and ends on sale, I always snatch them up! That way when I finish a project I can just run a few laps and open a few cabinets around my house to find pieces to put with the finished photos. I try not to spend more than $5 on any one item for styling with a few exceptions, like this marble slab cutting board that’s perfect for everyday use and for photos, like this mini donut recipe post.

Once I’ve taken all of my photos, I import them into Lightroom to edit process them. The reason I love Lightroom is because you can adjust the lighting on one image and them match all of the rest of the images to those settings instead of editing every single photo. Plus, it’s great for organizing the ones I want to use from the ones I don’t, and still storing them neatly on my computer. It’s seriously a timesaver and worth every penny for bloggers!

As for making photo collages, I use Google’s free program Picasa. All you have to do is select the photos you want in a collage, click a button, and it does it all for you. Again, a total lifesaver.

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Do you all have any other tid-bits behind Sugar & Cloth that you’d like to know? Let me hear them and they may be included in my next In The Making post!

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